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Burney Man Charged with Additional Count of Felony Child Abuse After Toddler Shooting

Published On: Nov 30 2012 04:17:28 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 30 2012 04:24:59 PM CST
Venia, Kevin
BURNEY, Calif. -

The man accused of leaving his shotgun out where his young children were able to reach was in court Thursday.

29-year-old Kevin Venia appeared for his preliminary hearing Thursday morning at the Shasta County courthouse. The Shasta County District Attorney said he was held to answer on all charges.

Venia is facing several charges; He is being charged with first degree criminal storage of a firearm, felony possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, and a third count of felony child abuse was added.

Investigators said they believe Venia left his shotgun on an ottoman in the living room where his three children were playing. According to the police report he then left the house and left the children alone inside.

After a short time, the 12 gauge shotgun fired one round, severely injuring the 4-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy. Through statements of the 5-year-old son and his mother, it is believed that the 5 year old child got a hold of the shotgun and accidentally shot his siblings.

A half-brother to Kevin Venia, Ridge Gigax, was also present during the incident and told detectives that Kevin did in fact have a shotgun in the house and placed it in harms way of the children.

The shotgun was located near the house by Warden Boyd of the Department of Fish and Game, using a K-9.  The shotgun found was identified as the same shotgun that Kevin Venia had placed near his children.

Venia's children were turned over to Child Protective Services. The two children who were shot were taken to U.C. Davis Medical Center. Officials were not able to release the condition of the children.

Venia is due back in court on December 10th.

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office would like to remind the citizens of Shasta County to take preventive measures to keep all firearms out of the reach of children.